Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Apparently Grease Is The Word At Ticketmaster

Apparently Grease Is The Word At Ticketmaster

The chills are no doubt multiplying at Nederlander as tickets for the organization's upcoming yet-to-be-cast revival of Grease are already moving like, well, greased lightning. Ever since Sunday evening's debut of "Grease: You're The One That I Want" reality series on NBC, advance box office for the Broadway revival have skyrocketed.

Selling at a brisk $1.3 million over past 48 hours, the buzz is already translating into solid interest in the outcome of the show's casting of the next Sandy and Danny. In the process, it all but guarantees some happy summer nights for the producers once the musical debuts this July.

But it certainly says nothing of the casting process itself or whether the show is any good. I was struck by the kitschy nature of the first episode that squarely focused on the absurdity of it all. We barely got a look at the would-be stars who actually made it through the first cut in Los Angeles and Chicago. Instead, we got the supposed drama and silly commentary from Billy Bush, along with the ridiculous cadre of individuals who are either truly delusional or wanted their (less than) fifteen minutes of fame.

Will I watch the show again? Of course. But it doesn't mean that it's the one that I want (to watch).

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
Related Stories:
Sandy And Danny: Who Are The Ones You Want? (January 6, 2007)
The Sound Of Praise (November 16, 2006)
It's A Reality: The Sound Of Music Revival Comes Alive In London Tonight (November 15, 2006)
I've Got Chills, They're Multiplying: NBC Reality Show to Cast Grease (August 8, 2006)

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